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Overnight Bites: Nintendo Switch preorders opening in New York on Friday, Guerrila Cambridge is closing down, Microsoft and Epic Games sued over Gears of War character

Overnight Bites: Nintendo Switch preorders opening in New York on Friday, Guerrila Cambridge is closing down, Microsoft and Epic Games sued over Gears of War character

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Nintendo Switch preorders open in New York this Friday
Announced in a tweet, Nintendo has stated that “A limited quantity of preorders for the Nintendo Switch will begin on 1/13 at 9 AM while supplies last.” The preorders will be open at Nintendo’s New York City store. This preorder will open just hours after the live stream presentation from Tokyo, Japan will give new details about the Nintendo Switch. So far there is no indication of exactly how limited the preorders will be for the console. In more Nintendo Switch news, a recent industry survey of developers attending the Game Developer Conference, or GDC, has shown that many developers are still unsure about Nintendo new console. Of those surveyed, 48% said the Nintendo Switch’s hybrid console design could make an impact but isn’t a “world-changing” feature. 11% said people won’t be interested in the dual nature of the system, while 23% said they don’t know how the public will react to the Switch. For more information, see the full story on GameSpot.

Guerrilla Cambridge is closing down
Sony has recently announced that the Cambridge branch of Guerrilla Games will be closing, with all employees at the studio being laid off. While Sony called the situation “regrettable”, the decision to close the studio comes from a review of all current PlayStation projects and resources, with Sony concluding that “in order to deliver on our strategic objectives, it is necessary to make some changes to the European studios structure”. Guerrilla Cambridge, which was formerly known as SCEE Cambridge Studio, had been running for over 19 years and was the developer of the recent virtual reality title RIGS: Mechanized Combat League. Their past hits have included the MediEvil franchise, Primal, Ghosthunter and PS Vita shooter Killzone Mercenary. Guerrilla Games Amsterdam, developer of Horizon: Zero Dawn and the Killzone series, will not be affected. For more information, see the full story on developer-online.net.

Microsoft and Epic Games are being sued over a Gears of War character
A former professional NFL player and professional wrestler, Lenwood Hamilton, has filed suit against Microsoft, Epic Games, and Cole Train voice actor Lester Speight, saying they stole the character’s likeness and voice from Hamilton. The lawsuit explains that Hamilton explains that he ran the family-focused Philadelphia wrestling promotion Soul City Wrestling, where he performed as “Hard Rock” Hamilton and hired Speight in mid-1998 to perform as “Rasta the Urban Warrior.” Around the same time, the suit says Speight discussed plans for a video game with Hamilton. The lawsuit states that “The similarities of the avatar ‘Cole Train’ and Hard Rock Hamilton include that both are black, they both played professional football, Cole Train’s number is 83, which is the same year that Hamilton played for the Philidelphia Eagles – 1983, the derby hat, wristbands, a front gold tooth, and a striking resemblance of both physiognomy and body build.” As of this time, representatives for Speight and Microsoft had not returned requests for comment, with Epic Games having no comment. For more information, see the full story on gamesindustry.biz.

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